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Choosing the right remote access option

May 06, 2020

Choosing the right remote access option
 
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There’s no denying that work is going to be different from now on. Companies will have to get used to remote workforces being the new normal. The question is how to securely provide employees the resources they need while they’re not in the office.
 
Ryan Friess, technology consultant (Citrix) at Ingram Micro, joins us with some answers.
 
Ryan explains:
  • The good, better and best options for remote access security
  • How to regain security if your device is stolen
  • How Citrix virtual desktop solutions have helped employers enable their remote workforces
Find Citrix Workspace resources here, the Citrix Remote Works series here, and Ingram Micro’s Rapid Response Toolkit here.
 
"Employees are looking to be able to work how they want and how they need to." — Ryan Friess
 


The good remote access option

Ryan explains that the good remote access option for a remote workforce includes:
 
  1. A managed and well-secured device
  2. A VPN client
 
The issue with this good option of remote access is that a VPN client can be clunky and unintuitive. Accessing files via this route can be slowed by the number of users on the VPN.
 
Although it has its flaws, the good remote access option is better than nothing.


The better remote access option

The better remote access option consists of:
 
  1. A secured personal or corporate device
  2. A virtual desktop application via Citrix or another solution provider
 
The better remote access option allows the user to store potentially sensitive work files apart from the device. This means if the device is lost or stolen, no corporate information is threatened.


The best remote access option

The best remote access option includes: 
  1. Thin client devices managed by the company
  2. A virtual desktop application from Citrix
 
Using a thin client device with a virtual desktop application allows for numerous security controls. Plus, it’s exponentially faster than a VPN client, increasing employee productivity.

Connect with Ryan via LinkedIn or get in touch with his sales and marketing counterpart, Cynthia Karnes at cynthia.karnes@ingrammicro.com